Adagumo no Saragimaru

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徒雲あだぐも 蛇穴丸さらぎまる
Adagumo no Saragimaru
da̠ɡ̃ɯᵝmo̞ no̞ sa̠ɾ̠a̠ɡ̃ima̠ɾ̠ɯᵝ
Adagumo no Saragimaru
Character Titles
Final Eye
Species Orochi
Abilities Manipulating cloudy weather
Occupation Self-proclaimed protector of Yaorochi
Location Shitodo House
Music Themes
  • モノアイ 〜 Ironic_FATE (EMS)
  • キープザヒストリー (RMI, shared with Kuroji Shitodo)
  • 開かれた瞳 ~ Mono EYE (BPoHC)

Adagumo no Saragimaru (徒雲 蛇穴丸) is Adagumo no Yaorochi's younger sibling and a youkai born from Yamata no Orochi's eye. Straightforward and diligent, they secretly look after their elder sibling. They are the Extra stage boss of Earthen Miraculous Sword, as well as a playable character in Reactivate Majestical Imperial.

General Information[edit | edit source]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Saragimaru has a straightforward diligent personality, and because of it, they're often manipulated by those around them, such as Kuroji. For this reason, they often fail at whatever they are doing, but they particularly excel at instantaneous speed and concentration power. As pointed out by Shion, they have a self-sacrificing personality, fitting for a subordinate.

They are devoted to serving their older sibling Yaorochi. Saragimaru loves them very much because they're their only living relative, but due to Tasouken's curse (to sever relationships), Yaorochi doesn't care about them. Saragimaru even threatens to kill the heroes in Earthen Miraculous Sword for stopping the ritual that'd restore the Tasouken and thus interfering with Yaorochi's happiness.

Perhaps due to being isolated for so long, Saragimaru is a loner by nature and chooses not to socialize with humans or youkai. When they do associate with someone, they act rather awkwardly. Like their sibling, they look down on humans. Nevertheless, to those whom they're acquainted with, Saragimaru speaks bluntly and has a snarky personality. They're presented as the most no-nonsense character out of all the Len'en Project, and having lived for over centuries, they don't mince words when noting they have to deal with the equivalent of kids from their perspective.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Manipulating cloudy weather

Saragimaru is able to control clouds and create cloudy weather. In the Extra Stage of Earthen Miraculous Sword, they used their power to make it snow despite it being a clear sky.

Backstory[edit | edit source]

The leader of a powerful clan (implied to be Yamata no Orochi) was betrayed and killed by other enemy clans and his body was dispersed in several fragments. Saragimaru was born from his eye, and because of it, they're very knowledgeable. Yaorochi and their seven siblings decided to get revenge on Orochi's murderers, but most of them died before achieving their goal. Yaorochi was very cold and distant to their younger siblings and for some reason never got along particularly well with the youngest, Saragimaru, which even eventually escalated to violence. Shortly, Yaorochi abandoned them in order to look for the sword. They searched for it for several years and was very disappointed when they found it all rusted.

Saragimaru, who had silently looked after Yaorochi all those years, requested Sukune Katano to make a clay sword for Yaorochi, making magical inscriptions on its underside so that the sword's power would be subdued, preventing it from carrying out its normal function. However, afraid of their sibling's rejection, they never went to pick it up.

Background Information[edit | edit source]

Origin[edit | edit source]

Saragimaru is loosely based on the legendary youkai Yamata-no-Orochi and the historical figure Emperor Go-Toba.

Yamata-no-Orochi was a giant eight-headed serpent youkai in Japanese mythology, he was slain by the god Susanoo-no-Mikoto who found the sword Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, in other words the Tasouken, in the youkai's tail. This would explain Saragimaru's race as well as their connection to the Tasouken.

Emperor Go-Toba was the younger half-brother and successor of Emperor Antoku, who Yaorochi is based on, famous for being the first emperor to ascend to the throne without all three Imperial Regalia, which are referenced in Saragimaru's spell cards. Go-Toba was also renowned for his enthusiasm for swordsmanship and swordsmithing. Being a great lover of swords, he made great contributions to Japanese swordsmithing and his patronage was even said to have given birth to Japan's "Golden Age" of bladesmithing. Go-Toba and Antoku's relationship as siblings is reflected in Saragimaru and Yaorochi's relationship, Go-Toba's patronage to and love for bladesmithing may also be referenced by Saragimaru requesting a replica Tasouken from Sukune Katano, as well as their seemingly extensive knowledge regarding the sword.

Name[edit | edit source]

Their full name is Adagumo no Saragimaru (徒雲 蛇穴丸). Their given name Saragimaru (蛇穴丸) is spelled with the kanji for "snake", "hole", and "circle". The maru (circle) suffix was historically added to names of swords and sailing ships. Yabusame Houlen can't remember this and calls them "Salami" (サラミ, sarami). Their surname, Adagumo (徒雲), means "vanishing cloud". It refers to the concept of ephemerality, giving the impression of a cloud that disappears as soon as you reach out to touch it. The hiragana character no () used here indicates a "belonging", thus the English equivalent of their name would be "Saragimaru of the Adagumo". In ancient Japan times, it was common for aristocrats with a clan's name to have no between their clan's name and first name.

Design[edit | edit source]

Saragimaru has red eyes and short green hair tied in a short side ponytail. They dress in black and green clothing with a green capelet. As an orochi, they have one tail.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Saragimaru in EMS
Earthen Miraculous Sword

It's revealed that they soon regretted requesting the Tasouken, as they knew it was dangerous for it to be restored.

A few days after Yaorochi's defeat, the cloudy weather returns. Drunkenly, the heroes go to investigate and they found that this time the culprit is Yaorochi's younger sibling, Saragimaru. They wanted revenge for the sabotaging of the Tasouken's ritual and thus ruining of Yaorochi's happiness, so they lured the heroes into a trap to murder them. They are defeated and the heroes attempt to befriend them by inviting Saragimaru to their sake party.

Reactivate Majestical Imperial
Saragimaru in RMI

Saragimaru is once again stalking Yaorochi at the Senri Shrine. Kuroji catches them in the act and blackmails them into cooperation. The orochi agrees, and they begrudgingly form an alliance. Also, Saragimaru decided that they won't tell Yaorochi of their parentage, preferring to protect them from the shadows.

On the way, the group keeps bumping into weird youkai, while Kuroji attacking them in order to steal their valuable things, much to Saragimaru's displeasure. After dealing with the person who the signboard was directed to, Fujiwara no Iyozane, they reveal that they're working to resurrect someone important and will receive something valuable from it. Kuroji believes it's money, only to attack them in frustration when Iyozane reveals they're penniless and they'll actually gain a position as a chief advisor. On the Frost Cavern, they bump into Yabusame and Tsubakura, who are curious about their partnership. Kuroji wants to prove once again that they're stronger than Tsubakura and settles on a fight. Angry at the person who wrote the signboard for making them waste their time, Kuroji goes with the orochi to ruin said ritual. They find Taira no Fumikado, who was trying to collect spirits for their resurrection ceremony, since they want to resucitate the vengeful spirit Taira no Masakado and store him in their homunculus body. After defeating them, they find out that all the spirits are attracted to a certain location. Finally, they end up in the Withered Grove, where they find the chimera soul Shion, who is the avatar of the soul-eater flower Harujion and was absorbing spirits, causing a long winter. Saragimaru senses that Shion's spirit is composed of evil spirits and is unsure about fighting someone so dangerous, but obeys Kuroji when the latter decides to steal and sell the flower. Shion fights them in order to protect the Harujion.

In the end, Kuroji and Saragimaru arrive at the Senri Shrine, bringing Shion with them. Shion indicated that they were attracted by the essence of the shrine. Kuroji wants to sell the remaining spirits to collect money while Saragimaru is worried about the amoral things Kuroji does to get profit and decides to keep an eye on them.

It's revealed that the spirits came to Mugenri because of a hole in the Mugenri Barrier that separates the land from the Outside World. The hole was caused by Lumen, during the Clouds Incident and Tenkai Zuifeng was tasked to repair the hole, but is taking too long. Saragimaru is revealed to know Tenkai, but being hostile to most humans, they're not on good terms with them. On the way back home, they are ambushed by Sese Kitsugai, a youkai they had defeated at the beginning of the story. Sese absorbs the spirits the heroes had been recollecting, much to Kuroji's chagrin, who wanted to sell them. After Sese is defeated, the spirits leave Sese's body and Kuroji orders Saragimaru to retrieve them.

Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle

Apparently now Saragimaru works for the Shitodo household as a servant and lives with them. Worried that Yaorochi is receiving constant invitations from both sides of the war to be their ally, Saragimaru escapes from the Shitodo house to protect Yaorochi from the shadows as usual.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Adagumo no Yaorochi

Saragimaru is devoted to serve and protect their eldest sibling Adagumo no Yaorochi. In the past, they had a fickle relationship and they distanced when Yaorochi slashed them. They love and respect their older sibling very much (calling them "Yaorochi-sama") and wish to be close with them, but Yaorochi doesn't notice or care about them anymore, as they are too obsessed with the Tasouken. In order to make them happy, Saragimaru was the one who commissioned Sukune Katano's Tasouken replica, despite knowing it was dangerous.

Even if they're aware that Yaorochi cares very little about other people, much less them, Saragimaru doesn't mind and they're happy as long as they can continue passively protecting their older sibling.

Sukune Katano

Saragimaru was the one who instructed Sukune to build a replica Tasouken, along with inscribing a magical incantation onto it so that the reborn sword could not display its full power. Despite this, Sukune does not have a clear memory of Saragimaru.

Kuroji Shitodo

Since Reactivate Majestical Imperial, Saragimaru works as Kuroji's unwilling servant, something the orochi is not happy about. Saragimaru considers Kuroji a contradictory and vicious scoundrel who gets away with everything. Kuroji doesn't mind to such things, but when angered enough, they will not hesitate to remind Saragimaru of their blackmail. Kuroji likes Saragimaru because of their strength and straightforward down-to-earth personality. However, Kuroji is willing to blackmail the orochi into cooperation or sell their identity. Despite Kuroji's terrible treatment of Saragimaru, it would seem that, on some level, the orochi enjoyed the company of Kuroji, thinking it a good way of passing the time.[1]

Aoji and Hooaka Shitodo

Since Saragimaru became Kuroji's unwilling servant, they live at the Shitodo's house. Hooaka does not have respect for Saragimaru and treats them like a slave, while Aoji is terrified of them. Saragimaru dislikes them because they're humans and related to Kuroji.

Tenkai Zuifeng

Prior to the events of Earthen Miraculous Sword, Saragimaru bought information on how to seal the Tasouken's power from Tenkai. Despite so, Tenkai is not exempt from Saragimaru's broad contempt for humans.

Additional Information[edit | edit source]

  • Saragimaru's musical theme, "Mono Eye ~ Ironic FATE", may also read as "Mono Ai". According to JynX, it could refer to their "single eye", or maybe it's more like their one-sided love towards Adagumo no Yaorochi.
  • According to Jynx, Saragimaru is the most mature and the only one with common sense in Mugenri.
  • Yaorochi's and Saragimaru's color schemes are inverted since Reactivate Majestical Imperial.
  • Saragimaru is sensitive to the cold. This is possibly a reference to their species being based on snakes, which are cold-blooded animals.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Spell Cards[edit | edit source]

Spell Cards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 18
雨雪「奇し雲」 Rain and Snow "Mysterious Cloud" EMS St. Ex
受難「ギャザリングクラウド」 Suffering "Gathering Cloud"[a] EMS St. Ex
去思「鋒に残る面影」 Fleeting Thought "Traces Left on the Blade's Tip" EMS St. Ex
虚栄「雲に架ける梯---【ヒト】」 Vanity "Ladder Built Between Clouds---[Human]" EMS
St. Ex
St 4: E/N
神器「天を映す鏡」 Regalia "The Mirror that Reflects the Heavens"[b] EMS
St. Ex
St 4: E/N
神器「魂を司る勾玉」 Regalia "The Magatama that Controls Spirits"[c] EMS St. Ex
神器「縁すら絶てぬ劔」 Regalia "The Sword that Severs Not Even Relations"[d] EMS St. Ex
天孫「雲に架ける梯---【霓】」 Divine Grandson "Ladder Built Between Clouds---[Rainbow]"[e] EMS
St. Ex
St. 4: H/U
St 4: H/U
輪廻「樋速日神の瞳」 Transmigration "Eye of Hihayahi"[f] Bomb
Despite sharing the same name, the spell's Reactivate Majestical Imperial iteration features a rather different pattern.
St. Ex
St 4: H/U
St 4: H/U
「決して消えることなき徒雲」 "The Never-Disappearing Vanishing Cloud"[g] EMS
St. Ex
St. 4 E/N/H/U
「雲に架ける梯 --- 【偽】」 "Ladder Built Between Clouds---[Fake]" Flash bomb RMI Use
儀式「雲に架ける梯---【残光】」 Ritual "Ladder Built Between Clouds---[Afterglow]"[h] RMI St. 4: E/N
献身 Self-Sacrificial Devotion RMI
Standby Skill
閃光「ジャノメの点」 Flashing Light "Snake Eye's Dot"[i] RMI St. 4: E/N
逆刃「逆燕返し」 Inverse Blade "Inverted Swallow Reversal"[j] Co-owner with Kuroji RMI St. 4: E/N
反斬「鵐の爪」 Reverse Slash "Bunting's Claws"[k] RMI St. 4: H/U
「天を照らす瞳」 "The Eye that Illuminates the Heavens" BPoHC St. 4: H/U
「神の血から産まれし蛇」 "Snake Born From the Blood of a God" BPoHC St. 4: E/N

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. A reference to the original name of Sword of Kusanagi, Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi (天叢雲剣, lit. "Sword of the Gathering Clouds of Heaven").
  2. "Sacred Treasure" refers to the Imperial Regalia of Japan. This card references the Yata no Kagami.
  3. This card references the Yasakani no Magatama.
  4. This card references the Sword of Kusanagi. It also contrasts with Tasouken's ability, "Ability to sever relations".
  5. A reference to Ame-no-ukihashi, a bridge in Shinto mythology that connects the celestial realm of Takamagahara to earth. As well as the Descent of the Divine Grandson, where Ninigi-no-Mikoto, the grandson of the chief goddess of Takamagahara, Amaterasu, was sent to rule over earth on behalf of the heavenly gods.
  6. According to the Kojiki, Hihayahi-no-Kami is one of the gods born from the blood of the fire god Kagutsuchi dripping to the guard of the sword used by his father Izanagi to kill him.
    The Nihon Shoki instead lists him as one of the gods born from the Ukehi divination ritual undertaken by Amaterasu and Susanoo-no-Mikoto, specifically one of the eight gods spewed out by Suzanoo from chewing magatama beads that Amaterasu handed to him.
  7. "Vanishing Cloud" (徒雲, Adagumo) is Saragimaru's family name. It refers to the concept of ephemerality, giving the impression of a cloud that disappears as soon as you reach out to touch it.
  8. A variation on Saragimaru's eighth card in Earthen Miraculous Sword.
  9. A janome (蛇の目, janome, lit. "snake's eye") (ʘ) is a circular symbol with a dot in its centre, called so as it looks similar to a snake's eye.
  10. The "Swallow Reversal" (燕返し) is a sword technique famously used by samurai Kojirō Sasaki.
  11. The kanji mu (, "bunting") is part of Kuroji's name.

Official Profiles[edit | edit source]

Official profiles
 〇EX面ボス  最後の瞳

  徒雲 蛇穴丸(あだぐものさらぎまる)
  Adagumo no Saragimaru


























◯ Extra Stage Boss — Final Eye

Adagumo no Saragimaru

Species: Orochi
Ability: Something like manipulating cloudy weather

They're a youkai who was born together with Yaorochi.

Yaorochi had a family of seven siblings.
In the same way that Yaorochi was born from the "arm",
Saragimaru was born from the "eye".
During the course of many long months and years, Saragimaru's other siblings,
were swallowed up by history, and now the only surviving members,
are Yaorochi and Saragimaru.

Although they were something of the head of the family, Yaorochi wasn't aware of their siblings' existence.
Or rather, to Yaorochi, who was interested in nothing but the sword,
the existence of any of their allies didn't make any difference.

Among their allies that were defeated before they achieved their goal,
there were even those who were pointlessly cut down by Yaorochi.
They were part of the same family and born of the same feelings,
but they had a very fickle relationship with Yaorochi,
and not only did their relationship turn sour, but escalated to violence....
Saragimaru learned a harsh lesson along with their bitter memories.

Eventually all the siblings except for Yaorochi and Saragimaru died.
Despite having no one left but each other, Yaorochi still only cared about the sword.
They did not yet have the eyes to see Saragimaru.

Saragimaru, who had witnessed Yaorochi "drown" themself in search for the sword,
was from then on alone, and lost their will to live.
Their days of vacantly gazing at the surface of the water where Yaorochi drowned went on and on,
and in the blink of an eye several years had passed.

At the sight of Yaorochi's form appearing above the water,
Saragimaru was so amazed that from then on,
they were reminded of it whenever they heard the word "miracle".

However, looking at "that sword" that Yaorochi was holding in their arm,
Saragimaru could tell that it wasn't quite a joyous return.
Even more than the state of the sword,
Yaorochi's "eyes" were what deadened the color of Saragimaru's joy.

In the world of a certain culture's myths,
there is a snake monster that turns you into stone when it gazes at you.
When they thought back on it,
Saragimaru thought that their sibling's eyes were exactly like that.
The sword Yaorochi was carrying was covered in rust,
and their eyes had lost their vitality.
Their eyes empty, Yaorochi returned home, lifeless as if a ghost.

But several days later,
Saragimaru happened upon the figure of Yaorochi walking along calmly and happily.
Saragimaru was relieved to see that Yaorochi had been released from the sword's curse.

One day, though, Yaorochi disappeared before Saragimaru's eyes, just like a vanishing cloud.
And although Saragimaru searched for them, they couldn't find them.
In the end, Saragimaru was never able to reveal to them that they were family.

And then passed an unbelievably long time that became a white space in Saragimaru's memory.

Saragimaru once again passed their days away idly, free from worldly cares.
They saw off every unchanging day as it passed, as they continued to live their unchanging lifestyle.
"I wonder what they're doing now..."
As they continued to think that even after so long, time alone continued to pass in front of their eyes.

But one day, by total chance they happened to discover,
Yaorochi walking through Mugenri.
Seeing their figure again after so many centuries, Saragimaru saw that they were still just as beautiful and intense as before.
Absolutely nothing had changed.

...or so it seemed, but,
looking closer, Saragimaru could clearly see that Yaorochi had a void in their heart.

"Of course, it must be that sword..."

Saragimaru, who was aware of the true form of that void even more than Yaorochi,
was in such an awful mood that they felt like they had to puke.
However, no matter what happens, that sword's power must not be released.

To return Yaorochi to their true nature, or to keep the sword's power sealed away,
in order to correct this inconsistency...
Saragimaru had just one plan.
They made a request to a clay-work artisan they had heard about from a certain source.

However, Saragimaru didn't have the courage to go through with it.
They were terribly scared of Yaorochi's obsession with the sword, and the possibility of losing the one person important to them.
Yet, that sword was necessary to bring back Yaorochi's real self.
Saragimaru's feelings had become complicated,
and they never went to pick up the sword they had requested.

Meanwhile, Yaorochi happened to come across the sword on their own.
It was a coincidence... or rather, perhaps it was inevitable.
It was because Yaorochi,
has the ability to find what they strongly wish for.

Before long the sword completed its fake revival,
just as Saragimaru knew would happen.
And thus Saragimaru understood why it wasn't performing its regular function as well.
The magical inscription written inside the sword's vessel was holding it back.
...They really didn't think it would work out this smoothly, but...
Was the sword from back then really only this powerful?

Yaorochi was there at the location of the ritual, bathed in the sunlight that Saragimaru had produced.
They were glittering... no, shining radiantly,
they were basking gloriously in the light.
While the sight of it was burned into their eyes, Saragimaru came to understand something.

Yaorochi would probably never realize that they're siblings.
Nevertheless, so long as Saragimaru can continue watching over Yaorochi, that was enough.

The cursed fate of the sword, and Saragimaru, who knew the real way to use it.
Nothing but the figure of Yaorochi reflected in Saragimaru's eyes.


  徒雲 蛇穴丸(あだぐものさらぎまる)
  Adagumo no Saragimaru




◯ Final Eye

Adagumo no Saragimaru

Species: Orochi
Ability: Something like manipulating cloudy weather

One of the Youkai that were born alongside Yaorochi.
They keep watching over them in the shadows,
without even revealing that they are connected by blood.
However, they seem to be satisfied with that.
Today too, they are admirably observing Yaorochi from a clump of bushes.
This is kinda dangerous.

As for nabe, they like Oyako Nabe[a]


徒雲 蛇穴丸
Adagumo no Saragimaru




Final Eye

Adagumo no Saragimaru
Something like manipulating cloudy weather

One of the youkai that were born along with Yaorochi.

Their weakness was taken hold of by the black one of the Shitodo family,
and they were made to work like a slave,
but they've finally escaped and are watching
over Yaorochi while in hiding.

They're totally disinterested in the current war,
but they plan to protect Yaorochi from any sparks that might fly their way.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Literally "parent-child pot", referring to the chicken and its eggs.

Official Sources[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]